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Pennsylvania Republican resigns after woman accuses him of raping her while she was blacked out

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A Pennsylvania Republican state lawmaker resigned over allegations that he had sex with an unconscious woman.

State Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Lyndora) has not been charged with any crime, but two months ago he was stripped of his chairmanship after the allegations came to light, reported the Associated Press.

The woman, whose work involves the General Assembly, filed a complaint against Ellis about a week ago with the House that showed she was cooperating with law enforcement.

The complaint alleges that in October 2015 the woman and a friend were drinking at a piano bar and then at a politician’s fundraising event, and at some point she blacked out.

“I woke up in pain, injured and naked the next morning in the bed of Representative Ellis,” the woman said.

Ellis told her they had sex, and she said she never would have knowingly done that and had no memory of doing so, according to a memo she wrote to a House Republican lawyer.

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“He smugly replied, ‘I always knew we would,’” she wrote.

The state’s victim’s advocate said the woman had rebuffed the lawmaker’s advances multiple times before.

Ellis has missed numerous voting sessions in recent weeks, but his lawyers have called the allegations “just plain false.”

The lawmaker and his attorneys did not respond to requests for comment, according to the AP>

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The woman’s lawyer said she interpreted Ellis’ resignation as “an acknowledgement of her credibility and her courage and willingness to come forward.”

Ellis’ wife reportedly filed for divorce recently after 20 years of marriage.

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Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets

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President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.

Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.

“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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